[PDF / Epub] ★ Million Dollar Outlines By David Farland – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk

Million Dollar Outlines Bestselling Author David Farland Has Taught Dozens Of Writers Who Have Gone On To Staggering Literary Success, Including Such New York Times Bestsellers As Brandon Mull Fablehaven , Brandon Sanderson Wheel Of Time , James Dashner The Maze Runner And Stephenie Meyer Twilight In This Book, Dave Teaches How To Analyze An Audience And Outline A Novel So That It Can Appeal To A Wide Readership, Giving It The Potential To Become A Bestseller The Secrets Found In His Unconventional Approach Will Help You Understand Why So Many Of His Authors Go On To Prominence

10 thoughts on “Million Dollar Outlines

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    This is the year I m going to start working seriously on my fiction, and that s the mindset I had as I read this book In some sense, it s impossible to tell how helpful it will be until 10 years from now when I have a career or don t and can see how the advice I took or didn t helped or hurt For now, the best I can do is say what seems useful.Farland s approach is, for lack of a better word, mercenary I m usually pretty far from the special snowflake kind of person who sees writing as This is the year I m going to start working seriously on my fiction, and that s the mindset I had as I read this book In some sense, it s impossible to tell how helpful it will be until 10 years from now when I have a career or don t and can see how the advice I took or didn t helped or hurt For now, the best I can do is say what seems useful.Farland s approach is, for lack of a better word, mercenary I m usually pretty far from the special snowflake kind of person who sees writing as an artistic calling I want to be a storyteller, and I want to learn about writing as a craft or a trade rather than, you know, a calling But even by my fairly practical tastes, his emphasis on making millions of dollars seemed a little extreme and also sort of silly Making a million dollars is just not what motivates me I mean, it s not that I don t want the money I d really love to write professionally one day, but all my research so far has taught me to be realistic and here s a guy who is telling me that if my book treatment is good enough I can get a 7 figure advance before I start writing, and then a multi million dollar movie deal right after its published That s just kind of getting ahead of myself, I think He even seems to concede that those super detailed outlines some can be hundreds of pages long arerelevant for established, successful authors making the transition from write first, then sell to sell first, then write In short everything I ve read so far tells me it takes extraordinary dedication, skill, and luck just to get an agent to pay serious attention to your work at all, so I m not really sure about the immediate relevance of preparing for the movie deals.Here s what I am going to take away First know your audience I think it s easy to see that people can get away without this because a lot of people write for the audience they are a part of, and in that case you can stumble your way to success But he really hammered home the different kinds of emotions that different demographics based mostly on age and gender are looking for Kids, for example, love a sense of wonder So if you write a children s book and focus on something else e.g drama or romance and leave the wonder out that s not going to work very well Since I m interested in writing for different genres and different demographics, that s a point well taken.Second, I did like his discussion of discovery writers vs outline writers, and his overall notes on the process of outlining I tend to like outlines and lots of world building, but after reading Farland, I can see that my approach was not very well rounded I do lots of world building writing, but then for outlining I m very plot centric X happens then Y then Z without paying much attention at all to story structure, character development, etc I m a shallow, linear outliner Need to work on that.So there were definitely some practical take aways, but for me the book wasn t anywhere near as revelatory as the one I read just before it K.M Weiland s Structuring Your Novel Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story.Couple of tangential notes I listened to the audiobook, and the narrarator spent an infuriating few minutes talking about events being casually linked instead of causally linked Come on, are you serious When Farland listed the big names he d worked with Brandon Sanderson, Stephanie Meyer, Shanon Hale I immediately recognized one thing they had in common they were all Mormon Sure enough, Farland mentioned later on in the novel that he, too, is Mormon Last thing since I wasn t super impressed with the book, I do want to check out his Runelords novels Also, the magic system in them is one that I thought was unique to me I should know better by now All ideas have already been used Le sigh

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    Whether you re a casual writer looking for ways to improve, or a serious writer wanting to strengthen skills you already have, this book is a must I ve been wanting to take a novel writing class from David Farland for years, and wanted to learn to be adisciplined outliner for even longer than that, so finally reading his Million Dollar Outlines was a perfect synthesis Not only did the book fit the bill for thinking through and outlining a story, it went far beyond that David also includ Whether you re a casual writer looking for ways to improve, or a serious writer wanting to strengthen skills you already have, this book is a must I ve been wanting to take a novel writing class from David Farland for years, and wanted to learn to be adisciplined outliner for even longer than that, so finally reading his Million Dollar Outlines was a perfect synthesis Not only did the book fit the bill for thinking through and outlining a story, it went far beyond that David also includes an in depth and well explained look into all of the nuts and bolts of a good novel from characterization, to million dollar plots, to creating winning conflict, to building emotional resonance into your story All intensely important components of any tale that is meant to have expansive appeal to readers, and laid out in easily groked and understood chunks Plus, it contains an added highlight excerpts from a conversation recorded in the late 70s early 80s between Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan as they hashed out the plot for Raiders of the Lost Ark Pure gold I am a heavy highlighter in almost every nonfiction book I read, and here are a few of the myriad great tidbits from Million Dollar Outlines I m sure I ll read it at least threetimes, it s so full of great advice Budrys points out if the hero does not have to make three attempts to resolve a problem, then the problem was not difficult enough in the first place Every story should start with promises made promises that you must keep On creating conflicts If a person is at the root of his own problem, it hints at secondary problems internal conflicts Look at truly great stories and you will see this pattern emerge The author often pulls off a complex resolution rather than working toward a simple resolution

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    I wrote pages of notes from this book as I continue to try and improve my own writing It goes through the top selling books and films and breaks down aspects that are common to them e.g the emotional draw, the mystery to be solved Plus there s a great list of literary plot devices timebombs, the crucible of setting, reversals, conflict, spectacle andI particularly enjoyed the discussion between Spielberg Lucas on Indiana Jones and how they figured out the story I wrote pages of notes from this book as I continue to try and improve my own writing It goes through the top selling books and films and breaks down aspects that are common to them e.g the emotional draw, the mystery to be solved Plus there s a great list of literary plot devices timebombs, the crucible of setting, reversals, conflict, spectacle andI particularly enjoyed the discussion between Spielberg Lucas on Indiana Jones and how they figured out the story

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    I took nearly a year to read, but well worth it This how to book on assembling an outline for your novel gave many poignant and useful ideas on how to make an outline that will lay down the bones of your story and actually HELP you in writing the first draft of your novel.Has anyone else had the feeling that reading a book on a kindle takes longer than an actual paper book does It seems that way to me.

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    Outlines are, in fact, only one aspect of what this how to write book covers It does concentrate on the big picture, like what emotion appeals work for what audiences, story structure, building and orchestrating characters, what sorts of conflicts are involved, and many other useful things.

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    I watch the YouTube series of lectures given by Brandon Sanderson at Utah uni He took over the course from David Farland a few years ago.Farland s writing books are always a good read At that point I recognized that reading a formed story that conforms to Feralt s plotting outline might be a type of emotional exercise that allows us to handle stress Kindle Locations 270 271 And this is why some people are bored, and some captivated by the same story people are different and they have diffe I watch the YouTube series of lectures given by Brandon Sanderson at Utah uni He took over the course from David Farland a few years ago.Farland s writing books are always a good read At that point I recognized that reading a formed story that conforms to Feralt s plotting outline might be a type of emotional exercise that allows us to handle stress Kindle Locations 270 271 And this is why some people are bored, and some captivated by the same story people are different and they have different stress levels.You know yourself, on a bad day not every book can help you escape that stress Proven favourite authors, or favourite reads might work.And keep in mind that if you, as a writer, don t follow the rules then you leave your reader stressed The romance novel that doesn t have a happy ending, for instance The hero s quest where the hero dies rather than gets home to tell the tale That gives you angry readers.We all know stories have a beginning a middle and an end, but those parts also have to be causally linked Plus, it should be entertaining.Farland drops in some amazing things After all, I used to be a prison guard My grandfather worked for the mob and took me under his wing when I was a child, teaching me how to run whore houses, run smuggling operations, and how to rub out the competition More than that, I worked in Hollywood for awhile and I became acquainted with sleaze at levels that my grandfather never dreamed of Kindle Locations 2277 2281 I am side eyeing the book thinking is he just messing with us because I can t find it in his bio.Is this really Farland s story Wow.Similarly, I ve made hundreds of thousands of dollars writing on other projects, including young adult novels for Star Wars, The Mummy, various video games, and movie proposals Kindle Locations 2530 2531 WAIT Farland wrote the Mummy kisses his feet I adore that movie.I have highlighted passages in this and copied other parts out to keep as I write.His ten steps for making an outline are worth the money alone It s that good.5 starsBut I do have an issue, and it isn t about Farland.He gives us an extra bit to demonstrate how great story writers brainstorm and bounce ideas off each other.There is a link now available to download the 125 page transcript in the form of a.pdf document of the original 1978 story conference between Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Lawrence Kasdan for a little film called Raiders of the Lost Ark Kindle Locations 2791 2793 Sadly, the link doesn t work But I found one that doeshttp maddogmovies.com almost scriptAnd this segment is there They are talking about the Indie Marion relationship and how it all happened before we see them together in the movie scenes He could have known this little girl when she was just a kid Had an affair with her when she was eleven.L And he was forty two.G He hasn t seen her in twelve years Now she s twenty two It s a real strange relationship.S She had better be older than twenty two.G He s thirty five, and he knew her ten years ago when he was twenty five and she was only twelve It would be amusing to make her slightly young at the time.S And promiscuous She came onto him.G Fifteen is right on the edge I know it s an outrageous idea, but it is interesting Once she s sixteen or seventeen it s not interesting any But if she was fifteen and he was twenty five and they actually had an affair the last time they met And she was madly in love with him and he S She has pictures of him.And now consider the dialog of that scene in the film INDY I never meant to hurt you.MARION I was a child I was in love.INDY You knew what you were doing.MARION It was wrong You knew it.INDY Look, I did what I did I don t expect you to be happy about it But maybe we can do each other some good.MARION Why start now INDY Shut up and listen for a second I want that piece your father had I ve got money.MARION How muchKindle Locations 2886 2887.Wait what WHAT Oh, yes the promiscuous twelve year old it s amusing to make her a child, and even when she s sixteen and no longer interesting she s still ACTUALLY A CHILD blinks Whispers Please don t make me burn down all my favourite things

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    Wow, what a mixed bag.There are parts of Million Dollar Outlines that are so good that I want to recommend it to every writer I know, but also parts that are so bad I d be embarrassed to make that recommendation.First, I guess, I should start with content warnings Because, yes, this book about writing requires content warnings CW extreme violence For some reason, out of every book ever written, David Farland uses incredibly explicit crime fiction as his example WHY.CW sexual abuse Wow, what a mixed bag.There are parts of Million Dollar Outlines that are so good that I want to recommend it to every writer I know, but also parts that are so bad I d be embarrassed to make that recommendation.First, I guess, I should start with content warnings Because, yes, this book about writing requires content warnings CW extreme violence For some reason, out of every book ever written, David Farland uses incredibly explicit crime fiction as his example WHY.CW sexual abuse Casual discussion between two directors about a scenario that s either stat rape or child molestation Gross either way Phew Onwards.I fundamentally agree with Farland s core philosophy in Million that a writer should give full, frank and analytical thought to what readers are looking for from a novel This is a basic principle, yet I see pushback against it every day from writers who seem to think that writing anything except what s in their heart is absolute affront Listen it s not compromising yourself as an artiste to write something that people actually want to read All that said, the statistics Farland uses to tell us what different demographics of readers are looking for are broad at best, farcical at worst Apparently teenage girls are not interested in reading pornography Tell that to the Explicit tag on AO3 xI also found Farland s description of how he outlines to be confusing verging on nonsensical, so for an actual step by step guide to creating an outline, you may want to look elsewhere or sort of botch through it on your own, as I m doing.However, there s loads and loads of nuggets of good advice in Million on creating stories that sell and maximising emotional impact I would consider those things two sides of the same coin The idea of stacking conflicts and doubling letting your protag first anticipate how a scene will go and then letting the scene play out differently , among others, are brilliant suggestions, succinctly explained.So Yeah A mixed bag But one worth pawing through to see what you get

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    I prefer to outline books so this was something of a find as I got it on Audibles New Year s Resolution Sale Farland has many interesting point and explores his subject matter from many different angles As a audio book I m not sure I got the full experience or all of the author s advice I am considering getting this in hard copy and reading it while I listen to audio version to get the full experience So all I can say is that if you like to write and prefer to outline, check this out.

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    A writing book that actually helped flesh out a project I m working on That s a first.

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    This writing book had some great ideas and suggestions for better outlining stories before an author begins the drafting stage The author has worked in Hollywood, so his premise was how to write riveting, inspiring, life changing stories and characters that can sell well in Hollywood and to publishers before an author even writes a word of their story His outlining plan is very detailed, and has some great suggestions I want to put into action in my own storymaking I felt it was definitely wo This writing book had some great ideas and suggestions for better outlining stories before an author begins the drafting stage The author has worked in Hollywood, so his premise was how to write riveting, inspiring, life changing stories and characters that can sell well in Hollywood and to publishers before an author even writes a word of their story His outlining plan is very detailed, and has some great suggestions I want to put into action in my own storymaking I felt it was definitely worth the time and money to read It wasn t a boring book at all quite entertaining as well as informative

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